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Format and reinstall without recovery disc

I need to format and reinstall the OS and drivers, unfortunatly I have loss the recovery disc - how do I now do this?

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Re: Format and reinstall without recovery disc

After you Re-install the OS you can load your drivers after downloading it from this link plz double check see if its the right model i got for you,hope you get tru good luck

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Re: Format and reinstall without recovery disc

Try contacting the company for a replacement recovery disc or purchase the appropriate Windows XP disc and download the drivers from the manufacturer's site.
Hope this helps!

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Can I format the harddrive on my dell inspiron 1464 and reinstallation win 7 with the DVD... If Yes how can format the harddrive from at the command prompt. please help thanks.

To set you computer back to factory fresh settings you will need to format the hard drive and reinstall the operating system and the drivers.
You will need your NEW Operating System disc or you will need to have the CD's that either you made when you got your computer or if your lucky you got the CD's that the factory furnished with the computer at the time you bought it.
If you do not have those CDs/DVDs then go the website of the computer manufacturer and search the website for "Recovery Discs", if they are not available
there you might locate them on Ebay.
1.Format the hard drive:
You do this by double left clicking on "My Computer",then double left click the main drive (normally C drive).
When the window pops open, you will choose "Format"
Keep in mind that once you format your hard drive you will loose all your files,programs,pictures,etc that you installed since the computer was new.
So make your back up on a portable hard drive,thumb drive,etc.
2. Once the formatting of the hard drive is complete you will need to reinstall the operating system along with the drivers.
Install the first disc and start the program.
That will bring your computer back to factory new condition as far as operating is concerned.
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Sep 14, 2011 | Dell Inspiron 1464 Notebook

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How to reformat laptop

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    If you have the recovery cd, you can just pop-in the CD, select the reformat option and the installation process will continue automatically. Some laptop might have a special partition in the drive contains the operating system, drivers, etc. in case you want to reformat your laptop without the CD.

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    If you don't have the recovery CD, you usually can request one from the manufacturer. Otherwise, if you want to do a clean install, make sure you download all the drivers for your laptop, this may includes: motherboard, chipset, graphic card, sound card, modem, network card. Once you do that, put in the OS CD and start installing.

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    If you decided to do a clean install without the recovery CD, it would be best to create partition on your harddrive first, so you can have dedicated partition for operating system and backup. The next time you want to reformat your harddrive, you can just reformat that particular partition ex. C:\

  • May 05, 2011 | PC Laptops

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    How to format my acer 5620 without cd ?

    Unless you have a cd for that version of windows in OEM style for xp and any for vista you will be out of luck. If you have another computer with the same OS and have its operating system installation cd, you can use this if it is the same version.

    Windows XP needs to be exactly the same thing. Windows XP pro, home and media center are all different. So are Retail, Upgrade and OEM cds. For vista or 7 any disc will work that matches the version type, it will determine the version by the COA.

    If you do not have access to any cd/dvds then you can contact Acer for a replacement.

    Mar 02, 2011 | Acer Aspire 5600 Series 5630-6951 Laptop

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    I have sony Vaio VGN-CS36GJ - Recently i was trying to restore it to factory settings via Vaio recovery due to virus attach but suddenly it didn't either recovered to factory setting but looks as operating...

    I would have recomended Norton Antivirus or a full programme anti virus to clean your drive. However, it is almost too late for repairs.
    You need to format your drive but as there seems to be a "Worm" type virus, I guess due to the problems you are having trying to re install OS, it will keep reinfecting the drive due to it being resident in the memory.
    You really need an antivirus programme to clean your Sony Vaio before you can succesfully place an uninfected OS on your drive. I hope the recovery partion is not infected as well, a good anti virus programme will clean it though. When it is clean, boot with a system disk with the same OS on it and when you get to drive "C" hopefully drive "D" will be available, assuming "D" is the recovery drive partition.

    When you get your anti virus disk, you will need it to be a bootable disk with the format command on it. When it has been cleaned you can then format the disk and put your recovery OS disk back on.
    Hope this helps.

    Nov 13, 2010 | PC Laptops

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    I cant start may laptop after formatting c-drive

    If you took the hdd out and format it will need to reinstall the operation system ..If you tried to install the operation system ..but now it says there is no operation system need to reinstall it ..Anyway ..if it starts ..but not boot to windows..Just reinstall the operation system using a boo-table cd ..with the OS ..or the recovery partition on it pressing the F12 ..and choose recovery partition ..(boot from ) if it has one may be damaged when you tried to format ...
    Remember to format means erase and form the memory units again ..and not installing ..reinstalling is another issue ..and when you do it gives you the possibility to completely format a partition ..including C in our that you are sure you end up with a clean Operation system ..

    Sep 01, 2010 | Acer Aspire 4520-5803 Laptop

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    I need to find a recovery disk so that I can reformat my laptop. There are just too many problems to deal with one issue at a time. Where can I find or order a recovery disk?

    you cannot find recovery disk for your computer any where in internet.... if you need a recovery disc, you need to create one....
    in order to format your computer i recommend you to format your computer using the operating system cd that came along with the computer.... if you dont have that cd you can use any of your friends disc....
    just entirely format your computer, and re install a fresh copy of operating system....all your OS problems will get solved.... once you are done, you might be required to install the drivers for the devices like audio,card reader,wifi,bluetooth etc...seperately... then after those devices will work....

    May 07, 2010 | HP Pavilion zd8000 Notebook

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    How i can format my laptop acer travelmate 3210.

    well if u want to format it completely,

    then u will need a BOOTABLE DISC OF UR WINDOWS OS (xp, vista...)

    use that disc to boot the computer it will give u the option of formatting and reinstalling the OS

    but remember, u will loose all ur data, so decide and then do it.

    Nov 04, 2009 | Acer PC Laptops

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    When restoring my acer 4520 back to factory

    open the laptop up at the bottom and remove it bios battery carefully for 15-20mins. then put it back in.

    the bios battery is a small flat round battery

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    To reformat toshiba p300-1cn without recovery discs??

    If you do not have a recovery partition, you will need to have some sort of bootable disc with an operating system on it. The reasoning behind this is that your computer cannot format a hard-drive it is currently running off of unless the hard-drive is partitioned and your OS is running on a partition that is not being formatted. I would recommend either getting windows recovery disks, or a copy of Ubuntu or such free Linux distributions for this action. After your Laptop is formatted it will have no Operating system and will not work until one is installed on it.

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    Reformat the notebook with out recovery

    you can get all the drivers and utilitys off
    goto support and downloads.and enter your computer model in the box.

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